The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have said the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, did not invite the union for a meeting.
Earlier, Ngige had said he would be meeting with the union to continue discussions about the lingering strike embarked on by ASUU. He stated this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday
But ASUU president Emmanuel Osodeke debunked tgat the union was not informed of any meeting with the Federal Government.
“We were not invited to any meeting. None of our members was invited. We have a secretariat, but we never got any invitation from them,” the ASUU leader said in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday.
“The problem we have with this government, especially with the minister of labour, is that if you can tell the world that you have fixed a meeting which you didn’t, how do you expect us to believe other things you have said?
“He should confirm to the world that he sent an invitation to ASUU for a meeting on Thursday.”
Professor Osodeke said Ngige should leave negotiations with the union.
“The minister of labour should leave us to deal with the minister of education. He was the one that made this matter worse to this extent,” he said.
“He was the one that decided to use hunger as a weapon when he said no work, no pay.”
Meanwhile, Ngige had added that the protracted strike, which started in February, would be resolved soon, stating that the Federal Government would ensure it meet the demands of the union before the expiration of this administration.